After winning six straight IFL championships, the Storm have fallen one win short in back-to-back seasons. This spring, Sioux Falls has started strong, but is battling an interesting schedule.
The Storm improved to 6-1 with last weekend’s 36-32 win over defending IFL champion Iowa. The offense fell 15 points shy of its season average, but the defense played its best game of the season.
“It was a good win, they came in and they played well. I think both teams made a lot of mistakes and we were just able to capitalize at the end,” Storm head coach Kurtiss Riggs said.
“Probably this year, that’s been our best game. It’s been interesting we’ve got two veterans on our team in Claude Davis and Trey Wofford and then we’ve brought in a bunch of new guys and bringing guys in and out and guys getting hurt and we finally seemed like we put it together,” Storm defensive coordinator Brian Hermanson said.
The Storm played five of their first seven games on the road, which turned out to be a benefit for the team.
“I think it was actually a good thing for us. I mean we’re a young team. So you get on the road, you don’t quite have all the stresses that you would have at home and it’s a good chance to get to know each other a little bit better,” Riggs said.
The Storm will now flip the script, playing five of their final seven regular season games at the PREMIER Center.
“You know it’s great to be at home, we have a great home crowd, great presence, beautiful facility to play in, but it’s still tough. I mean both games we’ve had at home have been tight and I don’t know if it’s any easier but it’s nice to be able to sleep in our own beds at night though,” Riggs said.
Sioux Falls will attempt to avenge its lone loss of the season this Saturday, hosting undefeated Arizona.
“As far as going against them, I think it comes down to execution. We didn’t execute at timely matters in the game out there in Arizona. Once we put those mistakes behind us and get things going and put things together, I think we’ll be alright,” Lorenzo Brown said.
The Storm and Rattlers cross paths Saturday night at the PREMIER Center. Kickoff is set for 7:05.